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Khenyeza – Why We Must Stop Criticising Broos

Lamontville Golden Arrows coach Mabhuti Khenyeza says the criticism of Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos is unwarranted because the national team has improved since he arrived.

Since Broos took over in May 2021, the Belgian tactician has divided opinions based on his selection criteria and outspoken manner.   

Under Broos, who won the AFCON trophy with Cameroon after he eliminated players such as Alex Song and Joel Matip, Bafana have qualified for the AFCON in Ivory Coast and came close in the World Cup until a controversial decision by the referee against Ghana in their last group match ahead of the playoffs.   

Bafana, this year alone, has defeated Africa’s top ranked side Morocco and beat Liberia to qualify for AFCON, while also drawing with Ivory Coast away. Even though they have drawn against Namibia and eSwatini, these are the games that Khenyeza said the country shouldn’t focus on.  

“I’m always behind the decisions he makes and the influence,” he said.

“If other coaches can be open a bit and listen and don’t take that ‘no, he is foreign coach, two, he talks of something we don’t know’. When you don’t know something, don’t dispute it and form a group and say ‘we don’t know this’.

“Instead of just listening and what you can learn from that because that is how we learn. Let’s be honest, Bafana has improved a lot.

“We tend to think that when they have played against Eswatini [and failed to win], they are bad. But when they played against Ivory Coast away, they dominate the game and we keep quiet.

“And [they] played against Morocco, the people who reached the World Cup semi-final – being in the top four out of 32 teams and beating them and we kept quiet.

“But we wait until Bafana plays against Lesotho and when they draw, we say ‘he doesn’t know this coach’ and we don’t look at other stuff. It is important to be less of a critic and make sure how we learn.”           

Khenyeza, who saw Broos in the stands as Arrows beat Kaizer Chiefs this past weekend, said that the Belgium tactician knows what is doing.   

“I always listen when he makes his speeches or interviews or selections, he doesn’t look at football as coaching in South Africa,” added Khenyeza.

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“He appears to look at what is happening internationally. That tells you somewhere somehow we are behind in so many things because we see someone here doing well, doing all the styles on the ball and we think this person is ready for the national team and why they are not calling him.

“We don’t look at the physique or tactically how good this person is. Whenever I listen to him, he talks about things that are happening in modern football – game models globally that are beating us.

“But we feel threatened that they are taking our football away but you don’t know about South Africa football.”  

Broos has announced the preliminary squad for the start of the 2026 CAF World Cup qualifying matches that are going to take place next month, and it includes Golden Arrows duo Bradley Cross and Themba Mantshiyane.

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.